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10 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Walk to Wellness Incentive Program

May 22, 2010 by  

Looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of your Walk to Wellness Incentive Program?  Below is a short list identifying 10 ways which will help you increase the effectiveness.

  1. Secure management support
  2. Recruit an internal celebrity, influencers, champions
  3. Coordinate an enrollment event
  4. Utilize and encourage walking groups
  5. Promote walking-friendly environment
  6. Target family participation
  7. Plan and highlight on-site events
  8. Use incentives
  9. Communication and promotion
  10. Make it fun for everyone!

Walk to Wellness Incentive Program

May 22, 2010 by  

What is a Walk to Wellness Incentive Program?

Walk to Wellness is designed to reduce the health risks associated with physical inactivity, a new component of Award Concepts’ employee solutions.  It is a ready-to-use interactive walking campaign that is easy to implement, incentivize and promote.  It tracks progress on a population-wide basis.  Participants are awarded points for the amount of steps they complete during the program timeframe.  These points can be redeemed in the form of health and wellness award items.  Example items would include:  head phones, picnic basket, hand weights, digital multifunctional scale, medicine ball, yoga mat, etc.

Walk to Wellness Highlights

  • Targets inactive population
  • Track steps
  • Individual or group participation
  • Walking resources
  • Tracking tools
  • Weekly motivational e-mails
  • Incentive friendly

Walk to Wellness Incentive Options

Participants receive a t-shirt and water bottle once enrolled in the program.  This items not only recognize their participation, but it promotes the program to their co-workers as well as to people within the community.  As various goals are achieved additional awards may be redeemed.  The program allows for incentive reports which are available at varying times.

Walk to Wellness Reporting

Enrollment data

  • Enrolled users/walking groups

Outcomes data upon campaign completion

  • Total steps
  • Total number of people meeting goals
  • Increased exercise
  • Self-efficacy
  • Satisfaction results

The Walk to Wellness Incentive Program helps participants realize the long-term benefits of physical activity.

Learn more about our Walk to Wellness Incentive Program today by contacting Award Concepts.  Contact a Recognition Specialist.

Three Steps to Start a Day-to-Day Recognition Program

May 21, 2010 by  

Starting a recognition program sounds more intimidating than it is in reality. If you’ve ever written a thank you note to an employee or given birthday cards to your team, you already have experience starting a recognition program.

Practicing day-to-day recognition can have many benefits for your team. Regular recognition is affordable for organizations of all sizes and easily fits into any manager’s schedule. Day-to-day recognition programs are centered on recognition that is immediate, sincere, personal and meaningful and is often expressed through verbal praise or handwritten notes.

Follow these three easy steps to start your day-to-day recognition program and begin creating a culture of recognition while improving employee engagement, morale and motivation in your team!

Step 1: What to recognize

For your recognition to make an impact, it needs to reinforce behaviors that support your organization’s goals or values. Review your goals and identify what employee behaviors can contribute to achieving those goals. For example, if one of your goals is customer service, behaviors like correcting a customer problem or receiving positive customer feedback should be rewarded. Take the time to explain to your employees what you will be recognizing so they can strive to receive recognition.

Step 2: How to recognize

Ask your employees how they prefer to be recognized. They may ask for gift cards, time off, or special events as a team. Whatever the method of recognition you choose, be sure employees know how they earned the recognition. We recommend giving a handwritten note. In the note, you can write details about the great service they gave a customer or praise the way they helped out a teammate. Keep your recognition tools easily visible and within reach. Having your tools handy will serve as a reminder to recognize your employees!

Step 3: Start recognizing!

Now you’re ready to start recognizing! While your day-to-day recognition program is still new, you may need to make a conscious effort to look for recognition opportunities. Take some time every day to look at the activity happening in your team around you. Then start handing out the praise! Personally deliver your notes of recognition and rewards to employees for a bigger motivational impact.

Sample Recognition Sticky Notes used for Day-to-Day Recognition

If you are interested in receiving more information about Recognition Sticky Notes by Baudville or if you’d like to discuss other options, contact a Recognition Specialist today and take a step towards creating a culture of recognition at your healthcare organization.

Award Concepts, Inc. Launches New Corporate Website

May 17, 2010 by  

I’d like to announce the launch of our new corporate website.  The current website you are viewing, is a product of Award Concepts, a company located west of Chicago that provides employee recognition programs.

Last week, Award Concepts published a press release announcing the launch of our new corporate website to coincide with our 25th anniversary of providing employee recognition programs within healthcare and other industries.

There are several improvements to the new website that I would like to highlight and encourage you to visit and assess for yourself:

  • Sending eCards – anyone in your organization can visit our site to send cards to recognize their peers for various achievements and milestones or for acknowledgment of something.
  • Recognition Research – regularly updated with important and relevant articles and analysis related to Human Resources.
  • PerformanceCards – branded for your organization, these cards are ideal for informal and day-to-day recognition.
  • Our Markets – take a look at the industries that we work with.
  • Our Clients – see who we’ve been privileged to partner with.
  • ACTION ePartner – easy access for you to monitor your recognition program data.

When it’s convenient please take a moment to visit the new Award Concepts corporate website:

National Nurses Week Gift Items for 2011

May 6, 2010 by  

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.  Nurses work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. They have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Award Concepts has created the following National Nurses Week gift items.  Pictured below (Nurses’ charm, Nurses’ key ring, and Nurses’ lapel pin) are our preliminary renderings for 2011.

Actual product will be available for National Nurses Week 2011.  Reserve your National Nurses Week gift items today!

Great Ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness

May 1, 2010 by  

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Award Concepts offers a wide selection of products to help make your breast cancer awareness event a success!  Take a look below at some of the items…

Contact us to learn about additional product offerings provided by Award Concepts to help promote breast cancer awareness.